Future Graduate Students

Highly regarded

The Penn State Department of Geography is consistently ranked as one of the top departments of geography in the United States. In 1982, the National Research Council (NRC) ranked Penn State as the number-two department. In 1995, Penn State received the number one ranking from the NRC, and Penn State Geography remains among the top programs in the United States.  See more information about Penn State rankings.

Breadth and depth

Our graduate program in Geography focuses on specialization and independent scholarship built upon a foundation of broad geographic knowledge and training. A wide selection of graduate seminars and advanced undergraduate courses provide Ph.D. and M.S. students with the base of knowledge and skills necessary to carry out their own research in conjunction with a faculty advisor and advisory committee. Our Master of Geographic Information Systems degree program allow students across the globe access to the expert training of our faculty and staff through the World Wide Web. For more specific information, see the graduate degrees we offer.

Deadlines and funding

• To be considered for a nondepartmental University fellowship, your application is due by December 1, 2016. Applications received after this date are still eligible for department support. Students in our M.S. program are funded for two years. Students in our Ph.D. program are funded for four years. For more information, read about our funding for future graduate students

• Applications for entry in 2017–18 are due by December 1, 2016. For required materials and other pertinent information, see the instructions for how to apply.


Contact graduate staff assistant Jessica Perks, grad@geog.psu.edu
302 Walker Building

In this 4-1/2-minute video, graduate students talk about their experiences in the Department of Geography at Penn State.



Students of all career paths and interests graduate from our programs well equipped to excel in their respective geographic fields. Graduates from our program work as faculty members and administrators at top universities across the nation and around the world, hold important positions in federal, state, and local governments, and work in exciting careers in the business and not-for-profit sectors.